March 2010

Culture(d)—March 2010

edited by MAYER RUS

Kimberly Brooks, The Stylist Project, Taylor De Cordoba Gallery

ROGUES' GALLERY

Pop stars have fascinated contemporary artists for years—think Andy Warhol, Richard Prince and Elizabeth Peyton. Painter Kimberly Brooks now trains her eye on those who labor to make them popular. The Stylist Project includes portraits of L.A. tastemakers, including (clockwise from top left) celebrity stylist Elizabeth Stewart, Rose Apodaca (co-owner of A+R) and costume designer Janie Bryant (Mad Men). Through April 3. Taylor De Cordoba Gallery, 2660 S. La Cienega Blvd., L.A., 310-559-9156, taylordecordoba.com.

Getty Villa, Aztec sculpture,

MESOAMERICAN IDOL

The Getty Villa’s latest show, The Aztec Pantheon and the Art of Empire, has a cross-cultural point to make about the great civilizations of Europe and Mexico. Regardless of the conceit for the exhibition, it’s a fine opportunity to peruse masterworks of Aztec sculpture—drawn largely from the National Museum of Anthropology and the Museo del Templo Mayor in Mexico City—without passport or bodyguard. March 24–July 5. 310-440-7300, getty.edu.

Between the Lines II, RxArt, books, los angeles, cultured

COLOR ME BEAUTIFUL

Introduce your children to the fun and fab world of contemporary art with Between the Lines, Volume 2, RxArt’s second coloring book of drawings by a cavalcade of art stars, from old-timers Ed Ruscha and Lawrence Weiner to young turks Dan Colen and Terence Koh. Double your fun with the kooky stickers by Nate Lowman and Mickalene Thomas. $20.

JB Blunk, Blum & Poe, sculpture, cultured

INTO THE WOODS

The reputation of late Northern California sculptor and furniture maker J.B. Blunk has been rising among design cognoscenti over the past few years, thanks in part to the championing of Gerard O’Brien of Reform Gallery. The wily craft connoisseur has organized a small but powerful show of Blunk’s work at Blum & Poe that includes both monumental sculptures and functional objects. For those unfamiliar with the artist, this will be a revelation. March 12–May 15. 2727 S. La Cienega Blvd., L.A., 310-836-2062,, blumandpoe.com.